ISLAMABAD: Declaring that the country was facing a new wave of terrorism, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday asked western countries to stop favouring the enemies of Pakistan and not grant political asylum to such elements.
The minister for interior strongly condemned the publication of blasphemous material against Islam. Talking to the media after the inaugural session of a peace conference, Malik asked the nation, religious scholars and religious parties to protest in a peaceful manner and said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would also join the protest demonstrations on Friday.
Meanwhile, the interior minister directed the authorities concerned to ensure foolproof security for the Friday protest rallies against the anti-Islam film. He was chairing a meeting attended by the federal interior secretary and Islamabad chief commissioner, inspector general of police, deputy commissioner and SSP (operations).
Malik said the government would provide foolproof security to peaceful protest rallies, adding that nobody should be allowed to take the law into their own hands or damage public property.
Malik also directed the National Crisis Management Cell to monitor all protest rallies and asked law enforcement agencies to keep an eye out for suspicious characters during protest rallies. He also appealed to the public to inform the nearby police station or the National Crisis Management Cell on phone number 051-9211224 in case of any suspicious activity. — APP
Our correspondent adds: The interior minister Wednesday said that a mobile phone was used in Tuesday’s Haideri Market explosion in Karachi that claimed seven precious lives, including a child’s.
Talking to the media at the Peace Conference organised by an NGO, Bardasht, he said terrorists had planned to conduct explosions in the market, but failed to enter because of the security arrangements. “Intelligence agencies had already warned law-enforcement agencies about the possibility of such activities,” Rehman Malik said.